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Joanna Goebel

City of Chicago - Public Art, Light and Infrastructure Prequalified List (RFQ)

Update: RFQ Conference will take place on June 3, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To RSVP for the Conference, email, with the subject line: Public Art Lighting RFQ Conference. Please provide your full name in the body of the email.

The City of Chicago seeks qualified light-based artists and designers for ambitious new projects that will inspire bright ideas for future growth in our neighborhoods.


The Chicago Public Art Program, a division of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (“DCASE” or "Department") in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Development (“DPD”) and the Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) invite submissions to this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) to be included in a pre-qualified list (“List”) for the development of future lighting-based public art projects in the City of Chicago.

The intent of this RFQ is to identify qualified Artists/ Artist Teams that have demonstrated experience and expertise in facilitating community engagement, design, permitting, fabrication and installation of significant public art lighting, and lighting of infrastructure projects.

The List will be utilized to facilitate a range of public art lighting projects that will enliven city infrastructure including bridges, roadways, streetscapes and viaducts with creative and impactful lighting installations. The lighting projects are expected to enhance the connection of business and/or cultural corridors to their adjacent residential communities and reflect their vibrant character while inspiring bright ideas for future growth and prosperity.

DCASE, in collaboration with DPD and CDOT, will manage the selection of the Artists/ Artist Teams of this RFQ. The prequalified list will be used as means to expedite and ensure the quality selection of Artists/ Artist Teams for the development of future lighting based public art projects in the city of Chicago.

Artists/ Artist Teams that are selected for the List will be eligible to receive direct commissions and/ or to compete with other prequalified Artists/ Artist Teams for these projects. Inclusion on the List may be required eligibility criteria for upcoming public art lighting projects. Eligibility will extend until December 31, 2024.


This opportunity is open to Artists/ Artist Teams with significant experience in light-based design and public art that are based in the continental United States with experience in lighting-based projects including experience working as part of a team with government and municipal agencies to develop significant projects that intersect with public infrastructure, including bridges, roadways, streets, and viaducts.

All applications must be submitted via CaFE (  

For more information, and to apply, please go to:

Name: Anne Davis
Address: 78 E. Washington St.
Phone: 312-744-0568